Republican congressional candidate Jeanne Ives was recently among the parade of speakers addressing the crowd at the Conservative Activist Conference in Bolingbrook.
Several hundred supporters were on hand at the Bolingbrook Golf Course on Aug. 26 to hear Ives and others share stories of inspiration and potential strategy heading into 2020. The conference was organized by Illinois Conservative Union’s Carol Davis.
Ives, who served six years as state representative in the 42nd District and narrowly lost to then-Gov. Bruce Rauner in the Republican primary in 2018, recently launched her campaign against Democratic incumbent Sean Casten (Downers Grove) in the 6th District.
In an interview with Illinois Review, Ives characterized her showdown with Casten as a choice for voters between more government or more freedom. She later labeled Casten as a “big government socialist.”
Ives previously told the DuPage Policy Journal that Casten has voted with Democrats in Congress 98 percent of the time since taking office in 2018.
Ives is set to face off against Evelyn Sanguinetti, who served as Rauner’s lieutenant governor running mate, in the GOP primary.
The 6th Congressional District includes parts or all of Wheaton, Naperville, Westmont, Bartlett, Elgin, Barrington Hills and Palatine.